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Oops: Maker of Birth-Control Pills Issues Recall

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals cites 'packaging error'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2011 7:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – Maybe some interesting child-support cases in the offing? An Alabama pharmaceuticals company messed up the order of its birth-control pills and has issued a recall, reports ABC News. It includes this not-so-welcome warning: "As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy," warns Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.

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The company apparently put the inactive pills normally taken at the end of the cycle at the beginning instead. The recall affects the products Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem, with details on lot numbers here. The company statement is here. (Read more birth control pill stories.)

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